Dublin: the ultimate winter break

Trinity College Dublin

Dublin is one of the most amazing cities in the world to explore and, as the nights get longer, it comes alive with entertaining things to see and do. Here’s how to squeeze the most out of it in one weekend.

Brunch by the river, then roar like a Viking. Shop 'til you drop, then walk with the luminaries. Go to a gig, then dance like a diva. Do it all on a winter weekend in Dublin.

Hit the ground running on your Dublin adventure with a delicious artisan coffee brewed at Joe’s, followed by a fabulous brunch of syrupy French toast, pulled pork Benedict or coconut chia porridge at Legit Coffee Co. Keep the feast going and get the blood pumping with a walk along Fab Food Trails’ Dublin Tasting Trail, and get to know the city through its food.

Keep out the chill with a wander through the history of Dublin from ancient times to modern day at the National Museum of Ireland, and find out more about the quirkier side of Irish life with the Little Museum of Dublin. Check out the Irish Whiskey Museum complete with a taster of the 'water of life', and pull a pint at the Guinness Storehouse.

As night falls, warm up with a creamy Irish Coffee by the fire at one of Dublin’s famous pubs. Pull up a stool for a trad session at Whelan's, check out the mixers at the cosy Vintage Cocktail Club or go alternative with a pint (and pizza) at the Bernard Shaw. Ward off the winter chill with Opium’s spicy fusion food, or try some sophisticated traditional Irish fare at The Winding Stair, a cosy restaurant set in an old bookshop.

A weekend in Dublin is the muse behind the music, the craic of the comedy, the village atmosphere cuddled up in a cosmopolitan city.

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